Survivor pulled out of Lake Victoria ferry two days after it capsized

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The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. In 1996, a ferry disaster in the same region killed more than 500 people.

Divers continue to search and and around the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing over 200 people.

Volunteers arrange the coffins containing the dead bodies of passengers retrieved after a ferry MV Nyerere overturned off the shores of Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Saturday.

Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe said the government was sending special equipment to aid the rescue effort.

More bodies are expected to be found on the capsized MV Nyerere
More bodies are expected to be found on the capsized MV Nyerere

An engineer was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters.

The ferry may have been carrying nearly 200 passengers, which is double its capacity, when it capsized close to the Ukara Island on Thursday, according to reports on state media.

During a speech on public television on Friday night, Magufuli referred to negligence and said he had ordered the arrest of all those involved in the management of the ferry. "The arrests have already begun", he added.

They pulled one man out of the overturned ship and he was rushed to hospital, a Reuters witness said. "They had gone to the market in Bugolora to buy a school uniform and other supplies for the new school term", said Domina Maua, among those seeking information about loved ones.

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"He called me and said he was in trouble", Musa told The Citizen.

The condition of the survivor was not immediately clear.

Sebastian John, a teacher, said such tragedies had become part of life for those living on the lake.

Tanzania's President John Magufuli declared four days of mourning and ordered the arrests of the people responsible.

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The country's opposition accused the government of negligence saying it was "another failure of the authorities".

Pope Francis, the United Nations secretary-general, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of African leaders expressed shock and sorrow.

Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Rescuers are still searching for hundreds more who may have been aboard the ship, which sunk Thursday afternoon in Lake Victoria.

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